Columbia Film Festival

The Black Veil

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Reem, a young Iraqi woman, escapes her home in the middle of the night. She lives in Mosul after being forced to marry an ISIS soldier. Reem finds help in a taxi driver named Ahmed to help her escape Mosul and find her family again.


Director Statement

I wanted to make The Black Veil because there was a lot of instability in our region at the time I was conceptualizing the idea. While I was doing my research I found a documentary that showed women who had escaped ISIS from areas they controlled in Iraq. The image of the women removing the veil and placing it on the fences was so powerful to me. As a Muslim, Arab, and woman, I felt so empowered because I believed it was symbolic of how we are always told to be who everyone wants us to be instead of who we choose to be. I hope that people who watch this film will feel as brave to be themselves as the women who inspired me to write and make this movie.


Director Biography - A.J. Al-Thani

A.J. Al-Thani is an award-winning Qatari filmmaker. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Communications and a concentration in film. She began to pursue her dream of being a filmmaker with the launch of the Doha Film Institute (DFI). Her relationship with the Institute began in 2010 when she participated in one of its first film workshops, which opened the door for many local filmmakers to pursue their passion. For almost 10 years, she has been developing her skills with the help of the Institute. A.J. Has made two short films ‘Kashta’ (2016) & ‘The Black Veil’ (2019).

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    16:35
  • Language
    Arabic
  • Country
    Qatar
  • Note
    Subtitles
  • Director
    A.J. Al-Thani
  • Screenwriter
    A.J. Al-Thani
  • Producer
    Vibhav Gautam
  • Cast
    Sana Al Habib, Ahmed Al-Nowfal Al-Tamimi